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Elementary/Middle School Teacher

English/Humanities Focus

Fall 2017

JOB DESCRIPTION

The work of a teacher supports The Gardner School Mission:

The Gardner School inspires students to actively seek knowledge and understanding, think independently, reason critically, and embrace challenge. Teaching to the uniqueness of each individual, we focus on the process of learning and value the exchange of ideas through collaborative work, inspiring all learners to reach their highest potential. While building knowledge of self and an awareness of their connection to others, our students develop responsibility for themselves, their community, the earth and humanity.

The Gardner School is looking for a teacher who is:

  • passionate about continuing to build our English/Humanities curriculum
  • dedicated  to working with students in 5-8th grade
  • excited and experienced teaching literacy, writing, and vocabulary
  • patient with students of different abilities, backgrounds, and learning styles
  • creative and able to collaboratively design lessons and activities that connect to Thematic Units
  • punctual, dependable, and has a high level of integrity
  • a dedicated team player willing to work closely with other teachers

Teachers report directly to the Head of School.

This job description is built around the four domains of ‘The Framework for Teaching’ – a research-based set of components of instruction grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching.

  1. Planning and Preparation
  2. Classroom Environment
  3. Instruction
  4. Professional Responsibilities

DOMAIN 1 – PLANNING AND PREPARATION

Gardner teachers are expected to:

  • Display exemplary knowledge of content and the structure of the discipline.
  • Display exemplary knowledge of child and adolescent development, the learning process, students’ skill, knowledge, language proficiency, and special needs.
  • Develop outcomes that reflect different types of learning, such as knowledge, conceptual understanding, and thinking skills and that are appropriate for all students in the class.
  • Use instructional materials and resources that are appropriate to the learning needs of the students and create a lesson and thematic structure that is clear and sequenced to advance student learning.
  • Develop assessments that match learning expectations and use results of assessment to guide future planning.

DOMAIN 2 – THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

Gardner teachers are expected to:

  • Demonstrate exemplary knowledge of the classroom environment and student behavior.
  • Create an environment of respect and rapport with and between students and establish a culture for learning.
  • Establish and implement clear expectations for student conduct and clearly and consistently reinforce desired student behavior.

DOMAIN 3 – INSTRUCTION

Gardner teachers are expected to:

  • Ensure that students are clear about what they are expected to do during a lesson, particularly if they are working independently or with classmates, without direct teacher supervision.
  • Select instructional materials and resources that are best suited to engaging students in deep learning.
  • Be persistent and seek alternate approaches to help their students be successful.

 DOMAIN 4 – Professional Responsibilities

  • Track students’ success in and completion of assigned work.
  • Know where each student “is” in his or her learning. This information may be collected formally or informally, and must be updated frequently.
  • Provide frequent information to families, as appropriate, about students’ individual progress.
  • Contribute to and participate in the school learning community that supports and respects its members’ efforts to improve practice.
  • Act with integrity and honesty.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of The Gardner School of Arts and Sciences.

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about developing love of humanities and literacy in young people
  • Bachelor’s degree in Humanities (Literature, English, English Education, etc)
  • Minimum 2 years experience in upper primary or middle school education
  • Knowledge and understanding of Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Please send letter of introduction and résumé to: afields@gardnerschool.org

 

It is the policy of The Gardner School to maintain a working environment free of all forms of unlawful discrimination. The Gardner School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, religion and national or ethnic origin, age, or disability in the administration of educational policies, employment practices, or any other school-administered policies or practices.

 

Salary is determined by experience and education, but is competitive with Vancouver and Portland Schools.

Medical, vision, and retirement benefits are competitive.

Posting closes on July 26th, 2017.

 


Substitute Teachers Needed for the 2017-2018 School Year:

For our 3 and 4-5 year old programs, you must be Early Childhood Certified. For our Kindergarten through Grade 8, you must have a Bachelor’s Degree and teaching experience. Teaching Certification is preferred.
Substitute Handbook

It is the policy of The Gardner School to maintain a working environment free of all forms of unlawful discrimination. The Gardner School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, religion and national or ethnic origin, age, or disability in the administration of educational policies, employment practices or any other school-administered policies or practices.

 
 
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